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Charlie Babcock
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1/13/2015 | 9:48:50 PM
Where does Microsoft fit today?
Microsoft was of two minds on closed systems. Early on, it enjoyed overwhelming success versus Apple because of the tools and operating system knowledge that it shared with its developer ecosystem. It created a much broader following than Apple did in the PC era due to the richness of applications produced by that ecosystem. The Office and Windows monopolies remain intact and largely unthreatened by direct competitors to this day. Both provide a revenue stream that allows Microsoft to continue to compete on many fronts. Once launched, the ecosystem couldn't suddenly be closed down. At the same time, Microsoft couldn't bring itself to function in a more open manner, making its code open source as well as throwing the doors open to generally available, powerful tools with access to applications. It's still trying to find the proprietary space where it fits in between an Apple-like closed system and Linux/open source. Amazon, by the way, uses lots of open source code but is not itself an open system; rather it's a strongly proprietary one.
pcharles09
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1/13/2015 | 9:11:56 PM
Re: Microsoft spots a band wagon, finally
@Charlie B,

He was following in Bill Gates' closed-door policy footsteps. I bet they both wish they'd created the closed ecosystem successfully the way Apple did.
Li Tan
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1/12/2015 | 10:46:36 AM
Re: Microsoft spots a band wagon, finally
Exactly - this should be something in place from day one and MS finally realized it. Without proper security treatment in place, the cloud service/storage cannot go for long in the market.
Susan Fourtané
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1/12/2015 | 12:44:08 AM
Re: Microsoft spots a band wagon, finally
Charlie, 

"Someday I'd like someone to explain to me why Steve Ballmer couldn't see it 10 years ago. It will take Microsoft 50 years to live down his legacy of virulent opposition."

Steve Ballmer was not what we could call a great and brilliant CEO, was he? 

Encrypted keys in the cloud is the best choice for offering security. 

-Susan
Charlie Babcock
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1/9/2015 | 8:02:55 PM
Microsoft spots a band wagon, finally
Yes, it's good to see Microsoft accepting that open source is here to stay. But it's 2015, afterall. Someday I'd like someone to explain to me why Steve Ballmer couldn't see it 10 years ago. It will take Microsoft 50 years to live down his legacy of virulent opposition.
danielcawrey
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1/9/2015 | 2:51:51 PM
Nice
Good to see Microsoft accepting the open source bandwagon.

There's no real point in trying to fight it; open source tech is here to stay and it is not going to diminsh. Developers and technologists like to see open and distributed systems, which we are going to see a lot more of in IT going forward. 


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